Afrooz Ardestani

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Low cardiorespiratory fitness and low serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D (25[OH]D) levels are associated with increased cardiovascular and all-cause mortality, but whether low 25(OH)D is independently associated with cardiorespiratory fitness in healthy adults is not known. We examined 25(OH)D levels and fitness in 200 healthy adults participating in a double-blind(More)
Atrial fibrillation (AF) and obesity have reached epidemic proportions. The impact of obesity on clinical outcomes in patients with established AF is unknown. We analyzed 2,492 patients in the Atrial Fibrillation Follow-Up Investigation of Rhythm Management (AFFIRM) study. Body mass index (BMI) was evaluated as a categorical variable (normal 18.5 to <25(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Physical exercise up-regulates telomere-stabilizing proteins in mice, suggesting that physical activity affects telomere length. Several human studies assessing the relationship between physical activity, measured by health or activity surveys, and telomere length have produced conflicting results. The present study sought to explore the(More)
BACKGROUND Ambulatory patients with uncertain functional capacity may benefit from combined exercise and vasodilator stress protocols for myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI). The safety and MPI image quality with regadenoson administered during symptom-limited exercise have not been prospectively evaluated. METHODS AND RESULTS A total of 140 patients (mean(More)
We present a case of distal renal tubular acidosis and acute renal insufficiency in a patient with Waldenström's macroglobulinemia. Distal renal tubular acidosis has been described in hypergammaglobulinemia, but not in patients with Waldenström's macroglobulinemia. To our knowledge, this is the first report to describe a possible association between distal(More)
BACKGROUND Although line source attenuation correction (AC) in SPECT MPI studies improves diagnostic accuracy, its prognostic value is less understood. METHODS Consecutive patients (n = 6,513) who underwent rest/stress AC ECG-gated SPECT MPI were followed for cardiac death or non-fatal myocardial infarction (MI). A 17-segment model and AC summed stress(More)
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